Terri Windling

The other day, when I was looking for something interesting to listen to while my hands were occupied with a task that didn't require much thought, I happened across this lecture by Terri Windling. I very much appreciated her insights into the function and purpose of fantasy literature. 


One of my favorite parts is a quote by Lynda Barry that she shares at about 28 minutes in: 

“There are certain children who are told they are too sensitive, and there are certain adults who believe sensitivity is a problem that can be fixed in the way that crooked teeth can be fixed and made straight. And when these two come together you get a fairytale, a kind of story with hopelessness in it.

I believe there is something in these old stories that does what singing does to words. They have transformational capabilities, in the way melody can transform mood.

They can’t transform your actual situation, but they can transform your experience of it. We don’t create a fantasy world to escape reality, we create it to be able to stay. I believe we have always done this, used images to stand and understand what otherwise would be intolerable.” 
— Lynda Barry, What It Is

Please comment below and let me know what you think of her ideas.